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KEEP OUT: Closure order extended on Hemel Hempstead address

 Published on: 30th April 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hemel Hempstead property linked to violent disorder, anti-social behaviour and drug use remains off limits after a closure order extension was granted by the courts.

The ruling was made on Thursday, April 25, and means that no one other than the emergency services and utility companies (during emergencies) can enter the address in Livingstone Walk for a further three months.

Anyone who breaches this order could be arrested, with further action taken against them.

The initial closure order was granted at St Albans Magistrates’ Court in January 2024, following an investigation by the Dacorum Community Safety Unit and the Neighbourhood Policing Team, in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council.

Several calls had been made to both authorities regarding activity at the address which was having a negative impact on the local community.

Despite warnings, the behaviour continued, with police regularly having to attend.

Evidence presented to the court documented incidents of assault, drug supply, drug use, rowdy behaviour and loud music being played.

Sergeant Craig Butler, from the CSU, said: “The behaviour at the address was completely unacceptable and causing misery for those living in the area. We’ve worked with our local partners and the courts to ensure that the address remains off limits, continuing to provide some much-needed respite.

“If you have information about suspected drug activity and anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood, please don’t hesitate to report it to us so we can build up the intelligence we need to take action.”

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